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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Last Minute Holiday Party Style
with Mielle Organics

Whether we want to accept it or not, we are at that time of the year again... the Holidays!  Every week there seems to be some sort of Holiday Shindig that we don't have time for but we attend out of courtesy.  And the nerve, some happen to be on the weekdays!  Who has time for that?  I know I don't and I work from home chile.  Luckily there are a few go to styles I keep in my back pocket for these occasions and they only take about 30 minutes or less.

The Half Up-Half Down style is so classic and is perfect for everyone but little girls especially.  If your daughter's hair isn't bone straight, no worries, that's not necessary.  You will need the Sacha Inchi Curl Enhancing Cream from Mielle Organics just to add some moisture back into the hair prior to heat styling.  Next, grab the Mongongo Oil Style Setting Spray and the Honey & Ginger Styling Gel + Edge Gel.  Use the Style Setting Spray to do a rough blowout of the hair prior to styling.  Don't worry if the hair isn't super straight because that's not the look we're going for!  Next take the Styling and Gel + Edge Gel and apply it to the edges to do the ponytail.  I like to use just a little gel prior to the edge gel because they work great together in giving a super neat look.  Last, we're going to take large chunks of hair and Wand Curl them.  Again, don't worry about being super precise... we're going for effortless waves, not perfection.

It's just that easy.  If you want to be a little extra (and who doesn't?), grab a cute headband and throw it on!  Baby girl is ready to go and no one knows that this took you less than 30 minutes to achieve.  Of course, if you have a little more time you can skip the heat and use flexirods instead.  For this, I would recommend the Babassu Oil Curl Mousse to set overnight!  One thing I'm not going to do is let these Holiday Events stress me the hell out.  That's what I have three kids and a husband for.  Am I right?!  Hope this quick style comes in handy + if you do happen to use it, don't forget to tag us!

Let's chat soon.  XOXOMCS

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Get Your Wallets Out
The Sephora Sale is BACK

As I fumbled to share my favorite products on Instagram Stories the other night, I realized that sharing here on my Blog might be a better platform.  It would have taken a cute 50 Instagram Story frames (or more) to really share everything.  15 seconds is just not enough, can we get 30 already Instagram?!  Or would that be too long??  Nevermind.  Anyways, the Sephora Sale is BACK and they're not being stingy with the discount like they have been in previous years (major shade).  20% off is a decent discount, especially when there are no limitations like there are at Ulta (shade again).

Let's get into this list.  Now I really only included my favorite products that it would be nice to get 20% off of.  No I didn't include anything on the lower end of the price spectrum because if you've been waiting all year to save $2 then your ass doesn't need to be at this sale.  That's real talk (no shade at all).

CLARISONIC MIA FIT:  I've tried all different types of face cleansing devices and the Clarisonic is by far my favorite for exfoliation.  As an oily/acne prone skin girl, exfoliation is definitely something I need on a regular basis so I  live by my Clarisonic.  I bought my first Clarisonic over 7 years ago (read my initial Blog post here) and I    still love + have one now!!  If that doesn't tell you it's a must buy product, I don't know what does.

ALGENIST COMPLETE EYE RENEWAL BALM:   If you're reading this then you need to be using eye cream!  LOL.  I've gone through quite a few different eye creams + I've only stuck with this one because I notice a difference.  It does a great job at smoothing those under eye lines and while it does help with darkness, this part takes time.  Just being honest.  For me, applying this daily is like applying moisturizer to my under eye area... it can't be skipped!

GLAMGLOW SUPERCLEANSE: This is a new produced I recently added to my stash but I'm obsessed with it.  If you've ever tried the SuperMud Clearing Treatment mask in the white jar (kind of a cult fave), then this cleanser is pretty similar.  Think, a SuperMud cleanser... a little messy but 100% worth it!

ORIGINS PLANTSCRIPTION ANTI-AGING POWER SERUM: Another new one to the arsenal but definitely a heavy hitter.  I love that I can use this night or day.  It's absorbs really well into my skin and plumps it right up.  Within days I saw an improvement in my skin's texture and it seems to be helping in balancing my oily t-zone and dry patches.

SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. ULTRA CLARIFYING FACE OIL:  GIRL.  If you are acne-prone then this oil needed to be in your arsenal like yesterday!  It's amazing and works FAST.  I tend to only use at night or on days where I'm wearing no makeup because oil under makeup doesn't work for me.  Hi, oily skin girl here FYI.  But I do get the occasional bump on my face so when I feel it forming under the skin, I break this bad boy out + slather my face.  WORKS EVERY SINGLE TIME.

ALGENIST POWER RECHARGING NIGHT PRESSED SERUM:  First of all, this smells like unicorns + angels.  Now that I've gotten that out the way, it's one of my favorite "final" products to use in my nighttime skincare routine.  It legit feels like my skin is drinking this stuff up every time I    apply it.  Immediately your skin looks better after applying and when you wake up in the morning, it makes you do that double take in the mirror because you can't believe how great your skin looks just overnight.  It's pricey but one of those items that's worth every penny.

ORIGINS ORIGINAL SKIN MATTE MOISTURIZER:  Origins sent me this product towards the end of the Summer and I totally wish I had when Summer started.  It has this cooling gel texture when applied that immediately sinks into your skin leaving it so smooth and matte.  But, not overly matte to where your skin becomes irritated because I hate those mattifying products.  If you have oily skin, it's hard finding the right moisturizer that doesn't feel too heavy but also does it's job at moisturizing.  Try this one, I bet it will be Holy Grail.  Thank me later.
GLAM GLOW VOLCASMIC MATTE GLOW MOISTURIZER:  You ever buy a product, love it but then forget all about it because you keep buying more products?  That was this product for me, LOL. Not sure how I kept forgetting about it because it smells like Fruity Pebbles and for a straight week I was obsessed with it!  The product in the container is a tad solid but it then melts into your skin and makes it feel INCREDIBLE.  I love wearing this under makeup because while it helps to mattify, it also gives your super matte makeup this soft glow.

NARS VELVET MATTE FOUNDATION STICK:  I will start off by saying YOU NEED THIS.  It's not the best foundation for super oily skin like mine but it's sooooo good that I don't care.  Coverage is medium but buildable to full coverage.  The formula is silky and just goes on so well... similar to how the Velvet Matte Liquid Foundation feels if you've ever tried that.  If you need to touch up makeup while you're out then this is the perfect product to bring along since it has it's own sponge on the other end of the stick.  I throw it in my bag for every event I attend because it's an easy touch up... go ahead and throw it in your bag too.

MAKE UP FOREVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION:  I'm not sure I've ever used a more lightweight, full coverage foundation EVER.  Using this with a Beauty Blender isn't even possible because the sponge almost soaks up all the foundation since it's so thin in consistency.  You're probably starting to notice that every product I'm recommending is for women with my skin type... OILY/ACNE PRONE!  #facts  The line has a crazy number of foundation shades so finding yours may take a little time but you WILL find it.

NARS SUNWASHED DIFFUSING BRONZER:  Have you tried to contour and messed shit all the way up?  I'm talking about you just look like a dirty + muddy mess.  I'll be the first to admit this was one of the reasons I stopped contouring!  This bronzer is such a sheer and buildable glory.  It makes it nearly impossible to mess up the process of warming the perimeters of your face.  We'll just call this the "Impossible to Mess up Bronzer".  If you're a pro then you might be not be interested in this but for us natural makeup girls who don't really "beat our face", this product is perfect!

MARC JACOBS ANGLED BLUSH BRUSH:  I understand that it states "Blush Brush" in its name but thats not what I use it for!  For me, this is the perfect contour brush because of the angle and density of it.  It's funny because I've never even used it as a blush brush.  LOL.  Call me a rebel I     guess but it's the best damn contouring brush I've used... also the most expensive but definitely THE BEST.

Now go on, shop and be merry!  If you have any questions, ask me below but whatever you do, don't let these items sell out.  I'll share with you all what I actually purchased next week!  Happy Sephora Sale Shopping.

Let's chat soon.  XOXOMCS.
Sunday, November 5, 2017

#SallyBeautyDC Influencer Pop-Up

First off, if you ever get an invitation to attend an event hosted by Sally Beauty, GO!  You will NEVER be disappointed because they always go above + beyond.  This is my second Sally Beauty event that I attended, the first being in New Orleans.  Both times I received invitations and had no idea what to expect.  I'm dead serious.  It seems like they want you to be pleasantly surprised when you arrive so they give out very little details prior to.  This event did NOT disappoint at all.  From the swanky venue at The Fathom Gallery in DC, to the gorgeous outdoor deck, to the open bar, to the amazing flower wall + photo station.  When was the last time you were at a photo booth with 5-6 umbrella lights PLUS a ring light.  You might think that's extra but for Sally Beauty, it's standard.

Once I arrived at the space,  I was given a run down of what to expect throughout the evening.  In addition to the food, drinks and dope stations... there would also be a few demos and a panel.  Not going to lie, whenever I hear panel I roll my eyes because the information tends to be redundant when it comes to hair (for me at least).  Boy was I WRONG!  During the demo, Monica Stevens (@moknowshair) shared the importance of choosing a Ceramic flat iron over a Titanium one.  Two words, HEAT DAMAGE.  I don't know about you, but I didn't know that before she told me.  Then on the panel, the stylists (Gregory Patterson, Maria Antoinette and Monica Stevens) explained the importance of washing your hair and not replacing shampoo with Cowashing.  Again, I was ready to roll my eyes until they began talking about how hormones can affect hair growth and hair loss.  The hormone DHT can build up on the scalp if not frequently cleansed and begin to cause hair loss.  This is one of the reasons why it's important to not only shampoo but shampoo frequently.  Lord, my mouth was wide open because this was all new to me.  Sometimes I go a good two weeks without washing my hair out of pure laziness.  Not anymore!

Maria (@themariaantoinette) + Yolanda (@etcblogmag)

LISTEN.  Thank you Sally Beauty for having me + sharing the knowledge!!  Oh and the Swag was ridiculous.  Check out that picture (below).  ALL full size products from brands like: Eden BodyWorks, Cantu, Silk Elements, Ion and Col.lab!  I said what I said... If Sally Beauty invites you somewhere, GO.

Let's chat later. XOXOMCS.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Space Buns FTW with:
Mielle Organics

Every year Kennedy asks me to wear her Halloween costume to school if Halloween falls on a school day.  She also asks to wear it to bed but that's not what this Blog Post is about.  The idea of children running around school in costumes just doesn't sit right with me.  I mean,  I can't take school serious if I'm sitting next to Chewbaka... it's just not going to happen.  So I figure, her not going to school in costume is one less distraction in class.  And, BAM!  I've saved the day.  Not really, but it makes me feel so much better inside.  Anywho, this year I decided it wouldn't be the worst thing for her to be a little festive so I gave her some colorful space buns using a combination of products from the Mielle Organics Tiny + Tots and the Original line.  The style was super easy to do + Kennedy loved it.


We used a good amount of products because it was also Wash Day for Kennedy so we don't actually use ALL of these products when styling her hair.  For the Wash Process we used the Tiny + Tots Sacha Inchi Cleansing Shampoo, Babassu + Mint Deep Conditioner (original line) and the Tiny + Tots Sacha Inchi Detangling Conditioner.  What I absolutely love about the entire Mielle Organics line is the ability to mix + match products as I need them.  If Kennedy was a baby, I would likely only use the kids line on her but she's not + she has more hair than myself so it's sometimes necessary for me to step outside the "kids" box with her.  I'm really glad I did in this case because that Babbasu + Mint Deep Conditioner from the Mielle Organics original line worked wonders in her hair.  Left her hair SO soft, manageable AND moisturized.  Just as I suspected, the Tiny + Tots Sacha Inchi Shampoo + Detangling Conditioner allowed for easy detangling and left her hair super soft.  One of the reasons I love wash products catered to children... they usually provide incredible slip.

Now for styling, I used the Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil on her scalp, Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk to stretch her hair while Blow Drying, Honey + Ginger Styling Gel to slick her hair back in ponytails, the Flexible Hold Edge Gel to clean up her edges and the Tiny + Tots Sacha Inchi Curl Enhancing Cream to add moisture to her twist.  I know it seems like a lot but I promise it really isn't because I use small amounts of everything so her hair doesn't get weighed down.  Check the video out below to see exactly how this style came together.

Now you can skip the part where we added glitter spray and temporary hair color obviously.  We did it to jazz up the style + add some fun to it.  Currently MY favorite product for her is the Tiny + Tots Sacha Inchi Curl Enhancing Cream.  GIRL.  This. Stuff.  Is.  BOMB.  The product is thick and a little goes a long way.  Now HER favorite product is the Mint Almond Oil because she suffers from dry itchy scalp especially in the winter.  She loves to apply this to her scalp at night and then do a nice little scalp massage.  And when I say "she loves to apply this...",  I mean, she loves to ask me to apply this.  LMAO.  Let's keep it all the way real!

Hope you enjoyed this breakdown of Kennedy's latest style.  Let us know if you have any questions!!

Let's Chat soon.  XOXOMCS.

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